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MR Staff Picks: Top Albums of April 2012 (MetalRiotJD)

Posted by JDKleinhans on Tuesday, May 8, 2012 at 11:12 PM (PST)

Hello, my fellow heathens an cretins, it’s that time of the month again where I get blood all over myself as I struggle to pick my top albums of the month. April had a multitude of albums that stuck with me throughout the month and continue to find themselves on my playlist rotation. Let me remind you again, I haven’t listened to every single album that has come out this month or any previous month.

Head on over here to see what I declare to be this month’s top metal albums. Let the harassing criticism begin!


Honorable Mentions:

Woods Of YpresWoods 5: Grey Skies and Electric Light (Earache)
Municipal WasteThe Fatal Feast (Nuclear Blast)
ProngCarved Into Stone (Long Branch)
Dog ShredderBrass Tactics (Good To Die)
In MourningThe Weight Of Oceans (Spinefarm)

5. AnathemaWeather Systems (The End)
As they’ve progressed further and further away from their doom metal origins, Anathema probably fell out of the “metal” classification a few albums ago, but nonetheless their sound continues to be majestically enthralling. This latest masterpiece is soothing and ambient and moves the listener through a myriad of sorrowfully hopeful landscapes.

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4. Black Sheep WallNo Matter Where It Ends (Season Of Mist)
Wading through the grisly, crushing sound of Black Sheep Wall is a truly visceral and glorious experience. That is all.

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3. AtomaSkylight (Napalm)
Post-industrial-tribal-trance metal, this is the only way to describe that galactic atmosphere that jettisons the listener through hallucinogenic worlds beyond time and space.  I have been humming the chorus from “Hole In The Sky” for weeks now and will probably continue to do so for many weeks to come. Where my shrooms at?

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2. Paradise LostTragic Idol (Century Media)
Mmm… Paradise Lost… nom-nom. I discovered PL back in the summer of 1995 as I happened upon Draconian Times (which I continue to avidly listen to constantly) in my local record store. The band has progressed in some very interesting directions over the past decade and I’ve stuck by them. And now, they have made an epic return to their doom metal roots and have incorporated bits of the sound they have experimented with over the years. A lovely dark album for PL fans old and new.

1. High On FireDe Vermis Mysteriis (eOne)
Matt Pike continues to curb stomp every motherfucker that gets in his way. HoF is complexly brutal and with an increased level of production makes for a fist pumping, neck snapping helluva ride.

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